As a parent or carer, it can feel challenging to think of ways to entertain your children over the holidays. We’ve created some interactive activities that you can do with your child to help support their Literacy learning and most importantly have FUN!

Visit your local library

If your child could do anything this summer, what would it be? Walk with dinosaurs, go on a treasure hunt with pirates, visit outer space, or maybe play for their favourite football team in a cup final? Anything is possible – when you find the right book!

Why not visit your local library together to choose one? Libraries are free to join and many of the services are free. Libraries are child friendly, welcoming and most importantly fun! Many libraries organise activities for children during the school holidays and others run regular story and rhyme times.

You can find your nearest library and more about library services by visiting

Summer Reading Challenge

Take part in the Summer Reading Challenge – Space Chase!

The Summer Reading Challenge takes place every year during the summer holidays. You can sign up at your local library, then read six library books of your choice to complete the Challenge. There are exclusive rewards to collect along the way, and it’s FREE to take part!

Visit for more information, as well as online competitions and games!

Story Game

Motivate your child to write more with writing-themed games. For one activity, you and your child can take turns writing sentences to come up with a story. Neither of you can speak so you don’t give each other ideas. Just see how silly and funny the story will turn out to be with two different writers. These stories can be revisited to reinforce learning of words, story structure and grammar.

Design and write a postcard

Sending a postcard is a great opportunity to practice your child’s writing skills over the holidays. Ask your child to draw a picture on the blank side of the postcard – it could be a drawing of your holiday, their favourite day or an illustration from a book. They can then write a message on the lined side explaining what they’ve drawn. Why not ask them to draw it for a family member or friend and then pop it in the post?

Use this postcard template to get your child writing this summer.

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